Aligning itself with state guidelines, L.A. County said it will drop its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for indoor “mega events.”

Like the state, the requirement that asked guests to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test, will end on April 1, according to L.A. County Public Health.

Both L.A. County Public Health and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said the mandate change comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection numbers continue to decrease.

“As multiple COVID metrics continue to decline, the state is lifting the requirements for vaccine and test verification at indoor mega events starting April 1,” L.A. County Public Health said in a press release. “While we’re encouraged with the progress made, as the BA.2 subvariant gradually increases in L.A. County, layering in safety measures remains important for protecting residents and workers at elevated risk of severe illness.”

Indoor mega events have been described as events with more than 1,000 guests, such as conventions, conferences, expos, sporting events and concerts.

Similarly, the vaccine mandate was lifted for outdoor mega events, which were considered events holding more than 10,000 people, on Feb. 15.

While the vaccination requirement will no longer be mandated, it will still be “strongly recommended” by both L.A. Public Health and CDPH.

The city of Los Angeles has not yet aligned itself with these measures, but the city council will be discussing adjustments to its vaccine requirements on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, L.A. County reported less than 500 positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with 429 and 404, respectively.

L.A. Public Health also said it is monitoring BA.2, the latest COVID-19 subvariant of Omicron, which is believed to have accounted for 1/3 of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

LA Weekly